Ethiopian Airlines has always intrigued me with its history so allied to the famines and civil wars of the late 20th century. Yet we are told today it's one of, if not the fastest growing, economy in Africa. However the Airline is wholly State owned so it seems even more remarkable it prospers as it does. It's fleet currently has four "Dreamliners" but for OR it would, as Tweeted, be more aptly referred to as a Pyrotechnic Plastic.
With the enormous cost of modern aircraft I do find it intriguing to consider the way in which they are sold, or in the main, leased. Thomson/TUI, for example, has a significant history, as Britannia Airways, of close association with Boeing. As, indeed has BA always had. Yet does such old relationships continue whatever the merit of a new aircraft?
If we take the path of consideration of how money is managed in the modern age, it can be easily accepted that vast sums in corporate
bribes entertainment and nurturing goes on. Or is it possible aviation is above all that? Whichever way we look at this multi-billion pound business and industry, it must be quite a scenario unfolding for Boeing in this fast becoming Comet re-enactment!
The Ethiopian CEO seems to have prejudged the Heathrow fire with the continued programme of the other three aircraft, for the moment, uninterrupted. Thomson are very coy about their return to Manchester but all of this has not prevented a huge slump in the Boeing share price.
So here we see yet another manifestation of the global corporate mass being heavily compromised by the "too big to fail" that has developed in our world. As in all of these corporate industries, the "little" people are the losers. The sales budgets and coercion employed apply only to a select few. One of whom can be identified but he's likely to be saying much as the rest at that level always do.
We may regard this attitude as being just about money and corporate greed but where flying is concerned, I think 787 passengers might be more prepared to lend the banks money for banking scams, than spend hours locked on board with these batteries underneath their backsides!
Of course many of the self loading cargo on Thomson flights wouldn't have a clue what they climb into, which is just as well for Thomson Airways and their Pyrotechnic
Nightmare Dreamliner. Time will tell but I'm glad I have no plans to fly anywhere soon, on a 787! If you know what I mean.